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Dovizioso: “The front tyre started to deteriorate”

Dovizioso: “The front tyre started to deteriorate”

A drying track played havoc in the Motul Grand Prix of Japan, Andrea Dovizioso nursing his Ducati to fifth.

The MotoGP™ World Championship round in Japan got underway in the wet conditions but rain stopped and the track began to dry. With the entire field on wets, the latter stage of the race became a battle to simply stay upright as tyre degraded. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) is known for being a strong wet weather rider and he made a solid start when fully wet, but as the track dried he faded and soon fell into the clutches of Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda). The Ducati rider crossed the line in fifth, matching his result from the 2014 race.

Given the circumstances, Dovizioso was pleased with the result and happy to even finish the race. Drying conditions were new to the GP15, despite starting the year with a run of three podium finishes the bike is still being developed and each weekend presents a new challenge for the entire Ducati Corse department. From the start and stop Motegi, the championships now head to a fast and flowing Phillip Island for what is many rider’s favourite race of the year.

Andrea Dovizioso: “Today we didn’t have such a bad race pace, but after a few laps the front tyre started to deteriorate, and I was no longer able to brake well. It was a bit of a strange situation, because although everyone else probably had the same tyre wear, in my case at the start, when the track was still wet, the front was closing in all the time and I couldn’t push hard. It was a real pity because we had good pace and I think that we could have fought for the podium. In any case we took home a fifth place in difficult conditions because it was not easy to get to the chequered flag. It was a real pity because we had a lot more potential today.”

MotoGP, 2015, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, RAC, Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team

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